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Area Sports Briefs: Hornet swimmers strong in regional

From staff reports

Both of Salisbury’s swim teams finished fifth in the 1A/2A West Regional held at Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center on Saturday.

The primary purpose of the regional is to qualify swimmers for next weekend’s state championships. in Cary. The top 12 finishers in each event moved on to state competition.

Salisbury’s Kathryn Morrison won the 100 backstroke and 100 butterfly.

Salisbury’s Emily Knorr won the 200 freestyle and 500 free.

Katie Knorr qualified for the state meet in the 200 IM and 100 butterfly.

Salisbury also qualified its 200 medley relay team (fourth place) and 400 free relay team. Mary Kauffman swam a PR on her leg  of the 400 free relay.


Salisbury’s boys qualified all three relay teams.

Ethan Knorr was regional runner-up in the  500 and 200 IM.

Roarke Burton was a qualifier in the 100 and 50 freestyle races. Keegan Dillon qualified in the 100 breaststroke. Adam Drye qualified in the 200 freestyle.


South Rowan’s Cameron Hurd was a state qualifier with 10th place in the 100 breaststroke. Blaise Bumgarner advanced with a seventh-place effort in the 100 backstroke.

South also qualified its 200 free and 200 medly relay teams.

Catawba women fall

ANDERSON, S.C. — Huge games by sophomore guard Madison Hallman and freshman post player Talia Barnes gave Catawba’s women’s basketball team a fighting chance, but the Indians lost at Anderson, 75-69, on Saturday.

Catawba (12-10, 10-5) shot only 38 percent from the field, but Hallman canned five 3-pointers on her way to 19 points. Barnes scored 18 and added six rebounds. Taisha DeShazo, another freshman, scored 12.

Anderson (14-8, 8-6) shot 51 percent and got 18 points from Madison Baggett and 17 from Alexis Dillard.

Catawba didn’t score during the first five minutes and gave the Trojans a chance to build a 19-8 lead. Catawba trailed by seven at halftime.

The Indians got within two points in the third quarter, but Anderson fought off the rally.

Catawba got only eight points from a foul-plagued Terri Rogers and played without standout guard Serena Brown.

Catawba plays at home against Lenoir-Rhyne at 6 p.m. on Wednesday.

CATAWBA (69) — Hallman 19, Barnes 18, DeShazo 12, Rogers 8, Stanback 6,  Hodges 1, Franklin, Tucker, Webb, Newbold.


Baggett 18, Dillard 17, Koerperich 15, Easter 8, Martin 6, Mollenhauer 6, Raynor 5.

Catawba 8 18 22 21—69

Anderson 19 14 25 17—75

Catawba baseball

BOCA RATO, Fla. — Catawba got the bats going on Saturday in Florida, but the Indians dropped a 12-11 decision at Lynn.

Catawba, ranked 18th  in Division II, is now 0-3 on it season-opening trip. Catawba has allowed 31 runs.

  All-American Luke Setzer and Lee Poteat,        who transferred from St. Andrews, homered, while Joe Butts and Jacob Nester joined that duo with two hits. Setzer and Poteat  drove in three runs each.

Catawba jumped out to a lead with a pair of runs in the first. Two-out doubles by Chance Bowden and Kyle Smith put the first run on the board before Butts singled home Smith.

Down 4-2, Catawba got four runs in the fourth on run-scoring hits by Harrison Baucom and Nester and Setzer’s two-run homer.

Poteat hit a solo home run in the seventh and added a two-run single in the eighth.

Down a run, Catawba went down quietly, 1-2-3, in the ninth.

Catawba enployed five pitchers. Hunter Shepherd started and took the loss. He was knocked out in the  fifth.

Willie Seay had three hits and seven RBIs for Lynn. Patrick Dorrian drove in four runs. Both sluggers hit two homers.

Lynn (2-0) already has beaten No. 1 Delta State this season.

Catawba plays at 12th-ranked Nova Southeastern today at noon before heading back to North Carolina.

Catawba                  200  410  130 — 11    13    1

Lynn                      004  151  10x — 12   14   1

WP — Danza (1-0).  LP — Shepherd (0-1). S — Nuzzi (1).

HR — Cat: Setzer (1), Poteat (1). Lynn: Dorrian 2 (2), Seay 2 (2).

Leading hitters — Cat: Smith 2-for-4, Nester 2-for-4, Butts 2-for-5, Setzer 2-for-5, 3 RBIs, Poteat 2-for-5, 3 RBIs.

Catawba softball 

  Freshman shortstop Jordan Dean made a spectacular debut for Catawba’s softball program on Saturday.

Dean’s walk-off, two-run double in the nightcap salvaged a split of a doubleheader with Augusta at Whitley Field.

Catawba lost 6-0 but came back to win 4-3 on opening day.

Game 1

Augusta took control with a five-run fourth to go up 6-0.

Brooke Walser took the loss, striking out four batters in three innings.  Kaylee Cook pitched well in relief for four innings.

Dean was the bright spot for Catawba with two hits.

Game 2

Dean provided all the runs for Catawba, including her walk-off double with one out in the seventh.

She had tied the game earlier with a two-run homer, but the Indians trailed 3-2 entering the bottom of the seventh.

Sydney Goertzen reached on an error to start the Catawba seventh. After an out, Carlee Brawley and Allie Baker singled to load the bases for Dean. Dean drove the first pitch she saw to the wall in center to plate Goertzen and Brawley with the tying and winning runs.

Walser gave Catawba a chance by relieving and getting the Indians out of a bases-loaded jam in the top of the seventh. She got the  win when Catawba walked off.

Madison Hunter allowed just one unearned run over five innings of relief. She gave up four hits, walked six and fanned five.

Catawba will travel to Limestone Wednesday for a 1 p.m. doubleheader.

Prep basketball

STATESVILLE—  Carson’s boys basketball team weathered torrid shooting by Statesville in the first quarter and came back to beat the Greyhounds, 72-61, on Friday to stay on top in the North Piedmont Conference.

“We were concerned about this one because Statesville has been playing really well,” Carson coach Brian Perry said. “Then they came out scoring like crazy and really jumped on us —  3-pointers, offensive rebounds, getting to the rim, you name it.”

Carson was down 28-18 after a quarter and had star Jamarius Hairston limited by foul trouble.

Still, the Cougars came back behind the shooting of Owen White (four 3-pointers, 20 points) and the drives and clutch free throws of Jailen Williams (27 points, 11-for-12 free throws).

Cole Perry scored 10 for the Cougars (19-2, 7-1).

Jeremiah Mott  led the Greyhounds (11-10, 5-3)  with 15 points.

CARSON (72) — Williams 27, White 20, Perry 10, Hairston 9, Dunn 4, Prugh 2, Sifford, Hales.

STATESVILLE (61) — Mott 15, Davis 13, Gaines 12, Gathings 9, Knox 9, Moore 3.

Carson        18    16   19   19   — 72

Statesville   28   12    7    14  — 61

North boys

MISENHEIMER — North Rowan’s boys overpowered Gray Stone for a Yadkin Valley Conference win on Friday.

The second-place Cavaliers (12-8, 11-3) led 25-2 after a quarter and were rolling 44-13 by halftime. They romped, 71-25.

North got 19 points from  Dayjuwon Cooke, 13 from Brevin Goodlett and 10 from Quintous  Smith Jr. and kept pace with the rest of the upper tier in the YVC. Nick Colson made three 3-pointers.

NORTH (71) — Cooke 19, Goodlett 13, Q. Smith 10,  Colson 9, Stoner 6, Goodes 5,  Davis 3, Page 3, Clement 2, Broaddus 1

GRAY STONE (25) — Castellan 7, Overcash 4, Whitesell 3, Broadway 3, Almond 3, Visconi 2, Tuzeneu 2.

N. Rowan       25   19   13   14   — 71

Gray Stone     2   11   9     3     25

East boys

GRANITE QUARRY —  East Rowan ran into a red-hot South Iredell team and lost  67-47 in North Piedmont Conference play on Friday.

South Iredell made eight 3-pointers in the first half and 12 for the game. South Iredell (16-5, 6-2) led 33-22 at halftime.

“We knew they could shoot the ball, we contested, and they still hit deep contested shots,” East coach Kurt Misenheimer said. “The hardest part about guarding them is they have four and sometimes five guys on the floor who can hit the 3-pointer.  We held their top scorer (Cory Gaither) to seven points, but others stepped up.  They are a very good team.”

  Brandon Jefferson had his best offensive game since November for East (8-14, 1-7)  with 17 points, but it wasn’t enough. Trevor Scruggs added nine.

Greg Liechty led the Vikings with 19 points, Brady Pope had 16, and Ty Everhart scored 10.

S. IREDELL (67) — Liechty 19, Pope 16, Everhart 10, Gaither 7, Hall 4, Dulin 4, Dowdy 3, Oglietti 2.

EAST (47)— Jefferson 17, Scruggs 9, Hinceman 6, Hooper 6, Bennett 4, Sprinkle 3, Walker 2.

S.Iredell    13    20   16   18  — 67

E. Rowan  15    7     11   14    — 47

Salisbury boys

THOMASVILLE — The Salisbury boys got a career game from post man Lonnie Rogers (24 points, 12 rebounds) and breezed to a 77-58 win at East Davidson on Friday.

The Hornets led 50-38 at the break and won for the seventh straight time.

Salisbury (19-2, 15-1) already had clinched the CCC championship.

Elijah Moss hit five 3-pointers for the Hornets.

Trell Baker stuffed the stat sheet for 10 points, seven assists and six steals.

CoCo Jones scored 19 for the Golden Eagles (4-17, 3-13). Kobie Warrick had 17, and Eli Jacobs scored 15.

SALISBURY (77) — Rogers 24, Moss 15, Baker 10, Davis 8, Robinson 8, Sloan 6, Gill 4, Fisher 2.

E. DAVIDSON (58) — Jones 19, Warrick 17, Jacobs 15, Hilbourn 3, Tippett 2, Brower 2.

Salisbury            24   26   15   12    — 77

E. Davidson      22    16   12   8      58

West boys

MOUNT ULLA — Caleb Mauldin scored 24 points and West Rowan handled last-place North Iredell , 63-47, for a North Piedmont Conference win on Friday.

Mauldin has surpassed 500 points for the third time and is closing in on 2,000 points for his career.

Payne Stolsworth’s outside shooting added 15 points for the Falcons (12-10, 5-3).

Travis Wilcox led the Raiders (4-10, 0-8), and Blake Barzee had 15.

NORTH IREDELL (47) — Wilcox 17, Brazee 15, Ross 8, Highman 5, Williams 2.

WEST ROWAN (63) — Mauldin 24, Stolsworth 15. Joseph 6, Sproul 6, Brawley 4, Dixon 3, Tadlock 3, Hassard 2, Myers, AJ Mauldin, Ford.

N. Iredell   8   13   10   16 — 47

W. Rowan 18  16  11   18 — 63

Carson girls

STATESVILLE — Carson’s girls struggled with foul trouble, but Olivia Gabriel scored 21 points and Colbie Perry made five 3-pointers in a 58-47 win at Statesville.

Carson starters McKenzie Gadson and Lani Isley got in early foul trouble, and the Cougars trailed 16-14 after a quarter.

But Carson started turning things around in the second quarter and led 29-26 at halftime.

“We started slowly and we had some adversity to play  through, but we didn’t get rattled,” Carson coach Brooke Stouder said. “Olivia really controlled the game. Colbie stepped up to make key shots.  Ellie Wilhelm was really huge on the boards. Taylor Conrad played great defense.”

Carson (19-3, 6-2) got some help from West Rowan’s win against North Iredell and moved into a  three-way tie for first with the Falcons and Raiders.

Gadson, a junior, bumped her career scoring total to 971.

J’kyla Miller led the Greyhounds with 16 points, while Danasia Gray scored 13.

CARSON (58) — Gabriel 21, Perry 17, Cooper 5, Gadson 5, Wilhelm 4, Isley 2, Conrad 2, Turney 2, Shumaker, Wiggins.

STATESVILLE (47) — Miller 16, Gray 13, Sharpe 7, Keaton 6, Privette 3, Shell 2.

Carson       14    15    14   15  — 58

Statesville  16   10   13   8 —  47

North girls

MISENHEIMER — North Rowan’s girls put up  a fight against league-leading  Gray Stone on Friday before falling to the Knights, 53-40, in Yadkin Valley Conference play.

Laurie Fogleman and Lillie Austin scored 11 each for the Knights (16-4, 12-1).

North (5-16, 4-10) got 11 from Myanna Hillie and nine each from Natavia Taborn and Bea Connor.

NORTH (40) — Hillie 11, Taborn 9, Connor 9, Sherrill 3, Robinson 3, Cain 2, McDaniel 2, Reid 1, Robbins, Shoaf, Sifford.

GRAY STONE (53) — Austin 11, Fogleman 11, Mabry 9, McLeod 9, Payne 6, Mock 4, Cagle 2, Disser 1.

North Rowan          15   5   8  12   — 40

Gray Stone            16  11  12  14   — 53

East girls

GRANITE QUARRY —  East Rowan’s girls lost at home to South Iredell, 57-31 on Friday in North Piedmont Conference action.

“It’s just a struggle for us to score,” East coach Kevin Holland said.

Grace Eagle scored 11 for the Mustangs (5-17, 0-8), while Adalie Harrison had seven.

Sarah Nelson scored 16 for the Vikings (5-16, 2-6), while Lydia Mercer added 12.

S. IREDELL (57) — Nelson 16, Mercer 12, Labelle 6, Kimmel 6, Bassinger 4, Heiligenthaler 4, Goodrum 3, Durham 2, Knapp 2, Bell 2.

EAST (31) —  Eagle 11, A. Harrison 7, Winford 4, Houpe 4, Mitchell 3, Fraley 2, H. Harrison.

S. Iredell    17  17   14  9 — 57

E. Rowan      8    7    5    11  — 31

Cal Ripken baseball

China Grove Cal Ripken League early bird sign-ups are $75 through Feb.16.

From Feb. 17-24, the cost is $85.

Sign up at Dale’s Sporting Goods at 106 South Main Street, China Grove.


Pfeiffer baseball

The Pfeiffer baseball opened the season on Saturday with a doubleheader in Gaffney, S.C. Pfeiffer lost to Limestone, 4-3, and fell to Carson-Newman, 13-10.

Pfeiffer basketball

MISENHEIMER —  The Pfeiffer men’s basketball team (15-3) outscored Brevard (4-14) 49-30 in the second half to come away with an 82-74 victory on Saturday afternoon. The Falcons went into the half trailing 44-33 but exploded in the final 20 minutes to grab their 15th win.The Falcons were led by senior Jevon Patton who scored 19 points.

Indoor track

A.L. Brown has qualified  distance runner Brandon Hernandez (1600 and 3200),  300 runner Jalen Neal and female shot putter Ajianna Britt for next Saturday’s 3A state championships.

Hernandez competed unattached in Saturday’s Camel Elite Invitational at Winston-Salem’s  JDL Fast Track and ran a personal best in the mile. He was clocked in 4:25.10.



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